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  • Children Learning Reading Review: My Personal Experience with the Program

  • Hey everybody! Thanks for swinging by and checking out my video on my first hand review

  • on children learning reading online program. First, just want to go ahead say it's a quick

  • informal quick couple minutes of the program. What I got out of it. What I liked, What I

  • didn't like. If you are here watching this right now, you probably either just purchased

  • or are on the fence on purchasing this program and more or less just wanted to get some more

  • information before making a buying decision. It's perfectly understandable. I'm going to

  • first go ahead and apologize because you are probably going to hear a lot of "ums" and

  • "and's" in between me talking. It's completely unscripted. I just wanted to give my two cents

  • on what I got out of the program. So, let me dive in. If you are like me, you came to

  • this program because you are looking to further your children's education. Your child's education.

  • You wanted to get a head start or maybe you are wanting to get them caught up. Maybe you

  • are like me and you just feel that School is fine, but you really want to take a "hands

  • on" approach with their education and reading with them and teaching them how to read is

  • just as important as when they are at school.

  • So my story is that I have a three year old daughter. She does well in school and we also

  • have other work books that we purchased from Amazon and Ebay also do the ABCMouse.com,

  • I am not sure if anyone else has ever heard of it, I believe it's fairly popular. All

  • of those are great. Now she does those simultaneously with this program, but my issue with the other

  • programs were, excuse me for the work books that we bought. They are very...they're great,

  • but they are very lengthy and it's very difficult to keep my daughter engaged for maybe more

  • than five-ten minutes maybe fifteen minutes at a time before she is asking different questions

  • about irrelevant things or she is running off because she is getting distracted. What

  • I am finding is that after she runs off and she will get distracted and get that out of

  • her system and come back. When I sit her back down, she's looking at these work books that

  • she is treating it like a chore and that's not the angle I'm really wanting to go. I'm

  • really wanting her to be more engaged. To take the ball and really run at her own pace

  • and want to actively move forward and progress. So with that we tried the ABCMouse program.

  • We saw that one on TV and figure why not we will give it a shot. We love that program

  • too, don't get me wrong, I have no negative things to say about it. The only thing that

  • is kind of negative I guess you could say is that when we first started that program,

  • she was right there with us doing each step at a time and each little lesson if you will.

  • She is now getting to a point where we are out of the picture. It is literally her on

  • her tablet, I've had whatever....and she's going at her own pace and really took us out

  • the picture. To where she is interacting in these games and she is having a blast and

  • she's learning which is ideally what you want. But it is kind of taking you, as the parent,

  • out of the game. So, what I am getting at is, you know at the end of the night I am

  • reading her stories and, you know, that is one of my favorite times. To just sit in bed

  • with her and read a story, you know, just have that one on one time, but I'm really

  • wanting to angle it more toward where she is actively involved and she is going along

  • with the reading and everything as well. So this drove me back to the internet to just

  • find any information that I can to really ramp up her reading ability. To get the ball

  • rolling like I said earlier, just let her have fun with it and be more engaged and want

  • to run and want to just do it at her own pace. So....sorry I am getting a little off track.

  • So I came across the Children Learning Reading .com program and again if you are checking

  • this out, you've probably have seen it too. First thing you did is checked out this video

  • here. It was a little lengthy, but you can't blame him because there is just a lot of information

  • jam packed in there. As you scroll down, you start thinking. Well is this a possibility.

  • Is this, you know, is this phonemic awareness...is this like a real thing and then you see this

  • video. Which I don't even think you can hear the audio of it. You go over the progress

  • of his children and you are just floored....I mean my daughter is three and his daughter

  • reading at four years old. My daughter is nowhere even near that. Which just opened

  • my eyes to the possibility of this is definitely something I should look into. I really want

  • my daughter to be at that pace, I mean why not. What parent wouldn't so I scrolled through

  • everything else, you know. It was really intriguing and caught my attention.

  • Finally I just took the dive and really wanted to wrap my brain around everything and go

  • with it. So I bought the program and bought the bonuses that came with it too. I think

  • it all was, with the bonuses, around $70 you might want to check the price on it. I am

  • not sure what it is now, but....so I dove in and let me go ahead and just give you a

  • brief....I won't go too much detail into it. What I got is first what you get is the "Read

  • me first" which is a nice little welcome letter that kind of explains the program and you

  • dive in and there's another overview video. It is really just going into detail on what

  • it's about what they're doing and how exactly you are going to be doing it. A brief history

  • about phonemic awareness and they're approach and everything like that. Then they leave

  • you with the....if you have any questions or issues or anything comes up you can email

  • them. The creators are Jim and Elena Yang. You can email them for anything and they will

  • go ahead and respond to you. I've yet, after having this for about three months now, I've

  • yet to need to email them. Let me dive into this. So you start off with two different

  • stages. You get the first "Stage 1" reading which is just over 220 pages long. So there's

  • a lot of information here. I'm not going to go through it page by page here. You can see

  • that it's jam packed with information. The first night I got this program, I read it.

  • Turned around and read it again so I read it back to back. I'm still finding myself

  • 90 days later re-referencing the reading on this because there's just so much information.

  • It's not that I've ever felt left off, because the actual approach is really straight forward.

  • I actually prefer it this way. It's actually really straight forward...real simple and

  • it's great because after the reading there's an overview and then there's a lesson and

  • a short video for each lesson that you do. There's many lessons involved. For here, you

  • do...the lesson videos are all here. So you do 1 to 7, 8 to 14, 15 to 20, 21 to 28 now

  • it sounds like a lot. Trust me, once you go through them all it's really not even as close

  • to as bad as you would think. It's not time consuming in the least. What I do like about

  • it is it's approach to phonemic awareness. Now honestly, I knew a little bit about sight

  • words and things such as that, but I didn't really know anything about phonemic awareness

  • until I came across this program. I really had no idea what it was. I mean, I kind of

  • assumed my reading at home with my daughter and her at school that we would have everything

  • covered. It wasn't until I came across this program that I was introduced to this fact.

  • Maybe you are in the same boat, maybe you already knew and just wanted to do some more

  • digging. I don't know... but the approach to it is pretty straight forward. What I like

  • about it is when you start out, you can take these print outs with the program....excuse

  • me while I wait for this to load up. For like the first one right....here. This page right

  • here is just a giant cut out. You can cut it out and print it off, cut it out and it's

  • just going over the "A's" and the "B's" and grouping "A" and "B" together. So that when

  • they are reading it...ooops battery is running low. Let me go ahead and.....wrap this up

  • real quick. When you are reading it, you are teaching them to sound out each letter. So

  • "ah" for "A" and "B" for "B" so "AB" and it doesn't seem like it's that big of a deal,

  • but what you are doing is teaching them to associate the sounds of the word with each

  • letter. With that being said is I'm finding myself more engaged and it's nice because

  • instead of breaking it down like the workbooks that I've done with my daughter previously.

  • Instead of spending fifteen minutes or five minutes or ten minutes or until I can get

  • her attention or until she starts going off and does something else as a three year old

  • should. You can break these lessons down to where you are doing it maybe two to three

  • minutes at a time. And you take that same lesson that takes two to three minutes and

  • you do it about five times or seven times a day. You cut out these little letters and

  • you just keep them around the house. In your pocket or wherever and you just quiz them

  • off and on. If they are sitting there playing with their toys, just say Hey do you have

  • a second? You put one card that has "AB" and you'll ask them to do the phonemic awareness

  • and sound them out and say "AB" and for me that's a really great approach. I want to

  • go ahead and continue this. Let me go ahead and plug my computer back in so this doesn't

  • die off on me. One second....

  • Alright, and I am back. Sorry about that. I just had to plug in real quick and make

  • sure my computer didn't die on me in the middle of this review. So what I was getting at is...what

  • I like about the program is it breaks it down into small letters combined together to help

  • your child not only recognize the letter, but to recognize it's sound. Then from there

  • when it gets the letters, you learn to group them together. For an example, it might be

  • a little easier to explain it this way. What we did recently was the word "BUS". So as

  • you are teaching your child...pretend the cursor is my finger. I will sit there and

  • I will say, "Hey honey. What is this?" and she will be like, "Letter B." and I will say,

  • "Yes, no trace it." and she will do the same. Then you move on to "U" and then you move

  • on to "S." Then from there you go "B-U-S." as you swipe your finger under the word and

  • she will do the same and be like "B-U-S"..."BUS!" She learns to group B-U-S to create the word

  • and it will eventually click. It's the same way with "CAT" Let's say this is letter "C"

  • and makes a "Cuh" and letter "A"and "T" and they follow along and it's the same thing.

  • Eventually you get to a point where you lay a card out that says "CAT" and they will go

  • through it and go "C-A-T" and they run their finger across the bottom and be "CAT!" That

  • minor approach which doesn't even seem like that big of a deal. Like it should be a given

  • on how you should teach your kid, but you know this is something that I have never even

  • came across before so this is all new to me. I guess in my uneducated opinion, I found

  • this approach a lot more....a lot better that what I was doing. Because you could do one

  • or two cards in two to five minutes. Then they can go ahead and go about their business

  • and have fun and be a kid and then, you know, you catch them about an hour later and you

  • can do it again. It's just the repetition and the phonemic awareness of learning to

  • sound them out and group them together that's really just forming an impact on my daughter's

  • life. So what else do you get in the program? Okay-when I had purchased it, I purchased

  • the bonus with it. In my opinion it was definitely worth it. All the printouts that come with

  • it. I think I have already shown you this one. You get, what do we got....fifty pages

  • here for just the first stage. Everything you could possibly think of that you need.

  • So you don't even have to go about trying to figure it out on your own. It's all right

  • there, you can print them off, cut them out, whatever you need to do. Then it comes with

  • these great stories too that...I remember there was this time...not even...like around

  • 90 days ago. Where after dinner we would be lying in bed and my daughter would just be

  • lying there and I'd be sitting right next to her on the bed and I would be reading her

  • a story. Now it's gotten to a point, especially with these stories like this...You know let

  • me expand this. Bob is in the tub. Short little stories like this that I went from where I

  • was readying to her. To now instead of sitting next to her reading to her and she was staring

  • at me, we're both lying in bed. She is holding the book....I printed this off. She is holding

  • the book and we are both together following it and she is running her finger across the

  • word going "B-O-B" "IS IN THE T-U-B" and it doesn't seem like that big of a deal. As you

  • start working at it, you know, they progress and it was a real eye opener one night as

  • she was sitting there reading this and going thought it. Then all of a sudden I realized,

  • I went from, in this short amount of time, I went from reading the stories and not even

  • really even following with my finger. Just kind of reading it to her, to get her into

  • the story mode and get the story over and get her to bed so I can get ready for the

  • next day....yadda yadda yadda. Now it's to a point to where she is holding the book.

  • She is literally following through with her finger and she is actually reading! It just

  • dawned on me one night, WOW! In such a short amount of time, I went from reading to her

  • and now she is reading to me. You can just see the progress in such a short amount of

  • time. It doesn't even seem like you are taking that much effort at all because you are only

  • doing this in short two to five minute spurts. Maybe do it five to seven times a day, but

  • it's in short amount of time. You don't feel you are pressuring them, you don't feel like

  • you are taking time out of your day. You are literally in the middle of them playing, you

  • pull out a couple of cards and quizzing them. If you would, for lack of a better term. That

  • alone is worth this program. I would highly encourage you...if you are on the fence about

  • it. This is just jam packed with information. The reading alone is over 220 pages. You can

  • get so much out of this. You know if you are on the fence about this, the beautiful thing

  • is that it's not that expensive. On top of that there is a 60 day money back guarantee.

  • If for whatever reason you are not interested, I'm sure these two don't want to keep your

  • money and it's a simple email to get your money back. Then you can go about your business

  • finding something else that may work out for you. In my personal opinion, I'm extremely

  • happy. I can't even really put it into words...it's one of those things that as you are going

  • along and doing it, the moment you see it "Click" in your child and you can just see

  • that. From there they are off to the races. They are actively engaged, they're excited,

  • they want to do it, they really want to do the learning activities and they're having

  • a blast doing it and keep going and it's just a breath of fresh air to see them actually

  • excited about stuff like that because you just don't see it that often. Especially when

  • I was doing workbooks and doing ABCMouse, yes they're having fun, but they are zoned

  • out on a tablet and there's no interaction with Mom and Dad. You know, I'm getting a

  • little excited about this because this is just such an eye opener because you just don't

  • see things like this often in your child's life. I couldn't say enough about this approach.

  • Joining this program....or buying this program, I had no idea what to expect. What I did know

  • was that the approach I was taking was working, but it was more like a classroom environment.

  • Literally sitting at the kitchen table while we are cleaning up after dinner doing a workbook.

  • It was great for about five minutes and then after that it was like treating it like a

  • chore. With this, you know, you do the little quizzes here and there and then you do the

  • print out books and next thing you know your kid is taking the "reins" and reading and

  • you just get excited and it's a beautiful thing! So with that being said, there's really

  • not much else you really want to go over here. From here, it's either you decide to take

  • the dive or this isn't something you want to do. Like I said it's completely backed

  • up by a 60 day---2 month guarantee. I'm 3 months in and I'm thoroughly impressed and

  • I'm not even done with the program yet. Just seeing the progress so far has helped us and

  • given us ideas of other things we want to do. We've bought those mini dry erase boards

  • and we do that to just out of the blue start writing certain words and she can go ahead

  • and sound them out and she can do it herself and start writing them out. Or the little

  • letter magnets and as we're preparing dinner and stuff like that we will go ahead and just

  • start making random words and she will just go to the fridge and put her finger across

  • the letters and just you know say "CAT" "C-A-T!" You know it's actually a fun game. It's a

  • great way to keep them engaged and keep them in the kitchen and keep everyone together

  • as you are getting dinner ready. I guess if you're still on the fence, you know, if it's

  • the money side of it...you have the guarantee and you are not really risking anything. It's

  • definitely worth taking a look at. I've kind of gone through the whole program. I mean,

  • not exactly the whole program. I haven't even scathed what the details are. It will start

  • out once you buy it...with a pretty lengthy overview. It's straight forward and it's just

  • a lot of information. The information you are retaining isn't exactly for training your

  • child or helping them read. It's more of an overview of where they came to the phonemic

  • awareness and everything like that. After that, I couldn't say good enough things about

  • this program. I'm really excited to keep heading on past the second stage. Really excited to

  • you know what my daughter progress and start hitting the harder books and again if you

  • are on the fence about it. Feel free to just check it out! Dive in and take the plunge.